Help me confirm or define the genre

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  1. NoelWell

    NoelWell The author of The God's Bracelet

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    Hi all,

    Let me confess that, after being a software developer and technical writer for many, many years, I sat down and in a one shot wrote a book. And then I could not stop there and started writing 2 sequels.

    The setting of the series occurs in a number of parallel universes. It starts in our universe, in a somewhat near future, and moves into another universe, and so on. There are powerful, mysterious artifacts involved. There are alien civilizations who possess some of those artifacts and use them, without really knowing their origin. There is magic. Eventually there will be some traditional fantasy creatures appearing in the book.

    I had asked around and was told that this is a blend of science fiction and space fantasy. That made sense, and I am sticking with this definition of the genre for now.

    Do you agree? Would you define the genre differently? If you want to hear more details before giving your feedback, feel free to let me know. As long as I could tell you, without spoiling too much of a plot, I will be happy to oblige.

    Thank you,
    Noel
     
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    TirelessSeven Active Member

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    Hi Noel

    I think the definition you have is fine. Maybe 'science fantasy' (purely for economy)?

    I didn't coin that -- heard Gene Wolfe refer to his own work as 'science fantasy' on tv...


    It's a great discussion between himself, Issac Asimov and Harlan Ellison. Worth suffering through the poor video quality of the youtube upload for (it looks like it was filmed off a tv from the 1980s, by a video camera from the 1970s o_O).

    Some of your concepts and your scope seem similar to his, but it is difficult to tell how to define what you have without reading some. I'm guessing the alien (artefacts') ability to allow travel through (between?) Multi-dimensional space isn't based in hard-science? Is there an obvious/intended stylistic division between two different genres? How 'High'/traditional is the fantasy, etc?

    Will you publish? If so, prehaps it's better to be succinct (maybe definite is a better word) regarding genre.

    Could be 'Space Opera'. Sounds derogatory, but 'Space Opera' doesn't have to be a bad thing, in my opinion.
    Space opera - Wikipedia
     
  3. NoelWell

    NoelWell The author of The God's Bracelet

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    Great input! It makes perfect sense to refer to this genre as "science fantasy".
    Yes, I am planning to publish. At least I am working towards it, even though the submission pages of publishers look pretty disheartening at the moment. Even Tor does not accept unsolicited! Most of others bluntly state "we do not publish fantasy"... But I am far from giving up.
    Recently I sat down to write a bunch of short stories to fill some inevitable gaps in the plot of the book #1 that had to be there due to its sheer volume.

    Thank you!
    Noel.
     
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    Alrune New Member

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    If your characters transition from Earth to another universe, and depending on the story's other elements, consider 'portal fantasy' as an additional descriptor. But from what you've said, 'science fantasy' sounds accurate. Good luck publishing!
     
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    NoelWell The author of The God's Bracelet

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    Thank you for the kind words!
    Portal fantasy... I never heard of it. What authors and books had defined this genre?
     
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    Alice in Wonderland, Narnia, Howl's Moving Castle, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter

    If your story has science fiction aspects, I don't think it would fall squarely into portal fantasy, but you could use it a tag.
     
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    Alice in Wonderland is great because it's a such a simple childlike world. You could never write something like that today with the readers demanding more in terms of worldbuilding from the author.